Health insurers win big in Maine

Posted Oct. 06, 2011, at 8:02 a.m.

In an opinion piece published today on the Website of the Center for Public Integrity, Wendell Potter, a former communications expert with the Cigna health insurance corporation, speaks out against what he says are the industry’s efforts to maximize profits at the expense of consumer well-being.

“It would be hard to find a state where the investment in campaign contributions by the insurance industry has paid better dividends than in Maine. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, for instance, gave $7,500 last year to the Republican Party or party committees, and contributed an undisclosed amount to LePage’s transition efforts. By the time the governor and legislators were sworn in earlier this year, the insurance industry must have had its wish list ready and its lobbyists poised to begin drafting industry-friendly legislation for lawmakers to introduce.”

Read the full article here.

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